Scholarly and Extinct Languages

Overview of Language Mechanics

Scholarly & Extinct Languages: These languages are not considered to be within the same family at all and knowledge of one provides no ability to speak or understand another unless noted in the description.

  • Aklo: Aklo is the language of the Old Race, once related to Senzar but now far removed from it (though the similarities often spark investigation with dire results for the researcher), examples are rarely found in the Modern Era. Aklo deals with such alien concepts it is less a language and more a virus of the mind and spirit, the study of which invariably insanity or worse. It uses what appears to be a variant of the Senzar script, much to the detriment of many a transcriber. (C)
  • Alchemical Code: Not a true language, the Alchemical Code is a primarily written series of symbols and metaphors used to the arts and sciences of alchemy, astrology, and other forms of healing, herbalism and poison lore. The metaphors can certainly be used in speech, though it would sound outlandish and clearly be seen as an attempt to speak in a form of open code. (Glyphic)
  • Bardic Hanes: Like Alchemical Code (q.v.) the Bardic Hanes is not a true language but is instead a set of notations and symbols for recording music and sounds. Used almost exclusively by minstrels, skalds, and bards it has a surprisingly solid and underpinning and structure to it. The need for precise time, often in multiple levels, also gives the Hanes a strong mathematical component as well. All of this combined makes the Hanes particularly suited to creating coded and secret communications in combination with other languages. (Glyphic)
  • Hill Speech: An ancient language, Hill Speech is the language of the native Avalonians and includes nature calls and a patois of corrupted loan-words from Faerie – it is now only used by the Rangers, Druids, and others who travel through the wild places of the Heartlands. Hill Speech has no written format though there are simple trail signs and markers which are commonly used and preserved in the lore of its speakers. (Glyphic)
  • Senzar: A very rare language even among scholars, Senzar was the language of the Second City and the so-called First Men. It is often considered the root language of the Westron, Casta, Khoisa, and Thulian language families. It is, however, distant enough from all of them to be near indecipherable to speakers of those languages and it uses it’s own unique set of writing glyphs. The speakers and writers of Tsath-Yo and Sar can both understand Senzar (and vice-versa) with Disadvantage, as these languages are closely related. (S)
  • Tsath-Yo: Closely related to Senzar, Tsath-Yo is the long-lost language of the Sorcerer-Kings of Engis-Erkrath – now only spoken by the shamans of their descendants, the Beastmen. It is a beautiful and poetic language, though strange to the ears of modern humans. It uses a variant of the Senzar writing system. (E)
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